No. 5 RSM softball advances past South O’Brien in regionals

Friday, July 8, 2022

REMSEN — Seeing South O’Brien for a third time this season probably wasn’t the most ideal matchup the Class 1A No. 5 ranked Remsen St. Mary’s softball team could have had in a regional quarterfinal after their War Eagle Conference foe beat Trinity Christian in a first round matchup to meet the Hawks who received a bye.

The Hawks won both regular season meetings over the Wolverines, but had only edged them out by slim margins of 3-1 and 4-3, the latter of which required three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to emerge victorious. South O’Brien kept things competitive again in Wednesday’s regional game, but the Hawks ended up winning by their biggest margin of the three meetings with the Wolverines in a 6-2 final.

Claire Schroeder, who entered the game in the top 10 in all classes in batting average at .596, led off the bottom of the first with one of her trademark singles and eventually came home for the first run of the inning on an error.

South O’Brien answered with a run in the second inning as the run scored on an RSM error to even things out.

The score remained at 1-1 until the fourth inning when Mya Bunkers led off with a single, swiped a couple bases and came home on a ground out off the bat of Carmindee Ricke. A double from Jacie Homan and a triple from Marina Cronin extended the lead to 3-1 by the end of the inning.

South O’Brien got one back in the sixth on a ball which got past the catcher. The Hawks added some insurance in the bottom of the inning. Ricke, Homan and Octavia Galles reached on base hits, the last of which drove in a run. Cronin added an RBI ground out and Gracyn Schroeder capped off the scoring with an RBI double.

Cronin finished off the complete game win in the circle in the seventh. She finished with five strikeouts while giving up four hits and a pair of walks.

Grace Fuhrman took the loss for the Wolverines with five strikeouts in her seven innings.

South O’Brien ends the season with a 10-17 record.

Remsen St. Mary’s will take a 25-2 record into Friday’s regional semifinal contest with Kingsley-Pierson (19-10). The two teams last met in the regional quarterfinal round last year, an 11-1 win for the Hawks in six innings.

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